There is nothing wrong with me is a dangerous statement to make. From the Christianity point of view it is the worst thing a person could say. It is incompatible with Christianity and unacceptable to God. We have all been involved in something similar to the car crush from the story. The Catholic Church calls it original sin. We may play down its impact and keep saying that: There is nothing wrong with me but in fact there is internal bleeding killing us from within. That’s why the Lenten calling of the Church echoes the words from the Second Letter to the Corinthians: “It is as though God were appealing through us, and the appeal that we make in Christ’s name is: be reconciled to God. And again: As God’s fellow workers, we beg you once again not to neglect the grace of God that you have received.” If you have been playing down your sins STOP IT RIGHT NOW. Listen to the begging of your Church and let Christ attend to you through the reconciliation ministry of his priests. It is YOUR favourable time, it is YOUR day of salvation.
The words of God spoken by the Prophet Joel from our first reading: “Come back to me with all your heart, fasting, weeping, mourning” are God’s way to say to us: There is something wrong with you. Who will fast, weep, mourn if not the person whose heart is broken because by his sins he broke the heart of his loving Father in heaven? The weeping from the Bible is not a show as Jesus in the Gospel stresses it but it is a healthy reaction of a Christian who may struggle with his sins but his conscience enables him to see the hurt he has done to the one who loves him.
Let me finish with another story. A little boy was arguing with his mum and said some harsh words that made his mum cry. When he saw the tears running down, he run to his bedroom, locked himself in and for hours he was crying and asking himself: “What’s wrong with me? Why do I act like this? Why do I hurt the people I love?”
My Dear fellow Christians! On this first day of Lent 2014 I pray for each one of us so that we may be brought to tears over our sins. When Jesus was walking to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday he cried for the people who hurt his Sacred Heart with their disbelief. A few days later on the cross he was bleeding to death, that’s how badly my and your sins hurt him. If thinking of the Precious Blood of Christ being poured out for us is not going to make us cry and say: “What’s wrong with me? Why do I act like this? Why do I hurt my God who loves me?” it means that THERE IS SOMETHING AWFULLY WRONG WITH US.